Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started.
There are two main methods for crocheting a flower. The first one is like this flower here, and this is the rolled rose. And the way this was done is in a long strip. They've made the petal shapes and then rolled it up and sewn it in the back. The way you make your petals in a flower is simply by going from shortest stitch, which again is that single crochet stitch, then a half double, then a double, then back down to a half double, and then a single. So you're going from shortest to second highest to third highest, back to second highest, and then to first highest stitch. So simply by changing stitches, it changes the height of that row, and so you get a very fluid petal shape. In the center, you can also add more than one double crochet to make a wider petal for that tallest point. And of the course the pattern will tell you how many stitches they want you to make that petal out of.
The second type of construction is done flat like this, it's not rolled. And it's done in one piece in rounds. So you can check out that Crocheting the Round video if you haven't already. You're going to choose a beginning, and then you're going to work rounds in your petal shapes. So over the first few stitches, you use that same technique of starting with the shortest stitch, the single crochet, moving up to the double, back down to the single, in whatever sort of amount or width you want. And that's how you get those petal shapes. It's the same way as in the rolled rose here. And this pattern is the Irish Rose. Both of these flower patterns are available on our Stitch Finder that's found under the Learning Center on LionBrand.com. It's a great resource to go to, to find many, many more of these crochet flower patterns as well. And they're all free. So it's a great way to just practice how to make a lot of these patterns, and put a lot more techniques into one very small, very fast project.
Some ways that you can use flowers in a piece, besides have a lovely bouquet that never dies, is putting them on something, or making a crocheted chain and putting flowers in between the chains to make fun things like this posie belt here. This scarf also uses those Irish Rose flowers, and they're just sewn on to a basic crocheted scarf. So it's a great way to add a little bit of whimsy to a project. And this other one as well is similar to the Irish Rose flower, but it's a little bit flatter. And this is the Garden Scarf.
So all of these projects, the Garden Scarf, the posy belt, the flowered scarf, the Irish Rose, and the rolled rose are all available for free on LionBrand.com, so go and check it out.